Last updated: 4 Feb 2021

Equatorial Guinea


Equatorial Guinea is a country of luscious vegetation and beautiful scenery, including tropical forests and snow-capped volcanoes. The capital, Malabo, is a rather rundown but attractive town, with pleasant Spanish colonial architecture, a striking volcanic setting and a lively market. The white-sand beaches around the islands are stunning.

Visit the town of Moca situated in the Moca valley in the southern highlands and learn the ways of the Bubi - the indigenous people of Bioko Island.

Bask on Arena Blanca, the only white beach on Bioko Island. During the dry season, thousands of butterflies can be seen. Take a trip to Bata, the principle town in the region of Rio Muni on the mainland. It is a lively town with a few restaurants, bars, hotels and markets.
Capital:  Malabo (SSG)
Currency:  Central African CFA Franc (XAF)
Language:  Spanish and French
Dialling code from SA:  + 240
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +1 (1 hour behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1; Apr 2; May 1; Jun 3, 5; Aug 3, 15, 16; Oct 12; Dec 8, 25

Side of the Road: Right
Best Time to go: December - February
Best For: Rare Wildlife, National Parks
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are used.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Milk is unpasteurised. Bottled water is available, but check the seals (a popular scam is to collect empty bottles, fill them with tap water and attempt to reseal them).  The water provided in your hotel should be safe to drink.
Health: Medical facilities are very limited. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies.   If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage.
Customs: Normal social conventions should be observed. International travellers are rare and may be viewed with curiosity. 
Local Offences / Laws: Photographing military installations is illegal. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: Equatorial Guinea is a cash-only society, ATMs are not available.  Official corruption is common, and tourists are advised not to engage in bribing officials and to request an official citation. Carrying weapons, binoculars and radios and wearing camouflage clothing may be met with suspicion and result in confiscation or questioning.  Travellers should carry their passports.
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Equatorial Guinea without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of wine.
• 1L of spirits.

Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Borders are open for business travel, or with government approval. Requirements for travel: negative PCR Test taken not more than 48 hours prior to departure. 

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

Embassy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
48 Florence Street,
Colbyn, Pretoria, 0083
Tel: +27 (0) 12 342-9945 (Consular)
Fax:+27 (0) 12 342- 6469
Visa Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 09h00-12h00

Visa Requirements

Visas are required by SA passport holders

• 1 Application form
• 2 passport size photos
• Valid passport (valid minimum 6 months with 2 blank pages)
• Confirmation of hotel reservation
• Invitation letter from Equatorial Guinea (The letter must be from the Security Department (General Director), with the Government stamp on the letter.)
• Letter to the Embassy stating reasons for travel
• Photocopy of vaccination book (Yellow Fever)
• Police clearance certificate (recent)
• Last 3 months bank statements confirming sufficient funds (tourist)
• Photocopy of airticket and itinerary
• Letter from company in SA confirming employment and visit for business trip. Applicant is to provide 3 months bank statements confirming sufficient funds, unless company is covering applicant financially, it must be stated in the letter.

Visa Processing Time

Approx 7 working days.

Visa Validity

30 days maximum.

Visa Cost

Tourist visa up to 30 days: R750
Tourist visa up to 60 days: R950

SA Representative

SA Embassy
Caracolas, Malabo
Postal Add:
P O Box 5, Malabo
Equatorial Guinea
Tel: + 240 333 099 522

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk